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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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4 reader reviews for Citroën DS3 Hatchback.
  • 1.6e-HDi 90 A'dream DStyle 91g 3dr

    Andrew Hammond , . Date: 15/06/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      72

    My car

    I use this car for Business purposes, covering 25,000 a year, much of that on Motorways. Typical journey will be around 180-300 mile round trip. For my purposes this has proven to be an excellent choice, first class fuel economy, ride quality and reliability. If I had to pick from the 15+ cars I have driven over extended periods in my driving career,only the Alfa 166 would come out ahead. Motorway ride quality is comparable with the best of the larger 4 door saloons I used to drive. Fuel economy usually around 72 MPG. Motorway mileage obviously helps make it so high, but involves no great effort to achieve this. Cruise control, which came as standard on mine, (possibly on all ?) is a great boon on journeys back home, in the late evening. The cabin is comfortable and pleasant. With the excellent ride and low engine noise, and I can make 150 mile journeys and arrive ready for work, rather than battered and bruised. I especially enjoy the long fuel range, frequently between 600-700 miles on a single tank, which frees me up from having to make regular stops. As I own my own business I have a completely free choice as to what I buy for my next car, and currently the Volvo V40 is the only competitor to replace the DS3. ( I won't consider German cars due to a variety of experiences which have never been better than disappointing, and on occasion appalling )

  • 1.6 e-HDi 110 A'dream DSportPl 3dr

    Mike Demetri , Wiltshire . Date: 11/11/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      65

    My car

    Now had the car for a year and it has improved in that time, particularly after the first service a few months ago. 17000 miles in and no faults to report, except the Bluetooth connection for the phone doesn't always pick up. Otherwise mpg has improved, responsiveness has improved and I feel more confident and connected with the car now. Even the quality of the sound from the stereo seems to be better than before! Service costs were okay but apart from changing oil and filter there isn't much to do at this stage of the car's life. Still gets admiring comments. Easy to park (parking sensors), great handling and fairly nippy, although like all diesels a little sluggish when getting away from junctions. Still feels well put together with no squeaks or rattles. No cup holders to speak of and limited storage space. Door pockets are big but objects roll around in them.

  • 1.4 VTi 95 DSign 3dr

    Andy Roberts , . Date: 09/10/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I drove this car for two weeks as a courtesy car whilst our Alfa Mito was having crash damage repairs ( hit by lorry while parked). I really wanted to like this car as it's quirky and looks fun. Unfortunately, too many things let it down, and I've never felt so relieved as when I finally got back behind the wheel of the Alfa. The styling of the DS3 is radical, but it's just trying a bit too hard in my view. However, the worst aspect of the car is the drive. The gear-lever travel is getting on for 18", with a noticeable clunk as you go past neutral. It's way too agricultural and rules out positive gear changes. The low speed ride is very comfortable, but at motorway speeds it's jiggly and unsettled, and the cornering is awful. It understeers with a vengeance like fwd cars of 20 years ago, and it feels like the suspension is made of blancmange or the wheels are linked by rubber struts- deeply disturbing. Smooth progress in town is difficult- the accelerator is feather-light and the clutch is light and long-travel so balancing starts is difficult and doesn't get much easier with practice. Also, although the throttle response is quick, it's not backed up by any oomph on this model, so a jerky start is inevitably followed by insipid acceleration. If you're going to buy one I'd say go for the higher-powered THP models with sports suspension, although the gearbox issue is still likely to preclude sporty driving.

  • 1.6 THP 155 DSport 3dr

    Sunny Mandalia , Middlesex . Date: 26/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I had this car for a week as a rental car. I was impressed by the power, especially the low range torque around town. It doesn't feel you are driving a 1.6! The one I had was bright yellow with black alloys and roof....what a head turner!

    Being a sporty set up, the suspension doesn't handle potholes too well, so don't expect a cushioned ride. The sport seats were comfortable and fuel economy wasn't too bad - around 35mpg. There is plenty of room in the front, but adults may find the back seats a bit of a squeeze.

    This is a real contender for those choosing a Mini.

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